December 2019
From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers in Christ:  

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the season of Advent.  In fact, if I had to choose, I would say that Advent is my favorite season in the church year.  I love the anticipation and preparation that comes with the idea that something marvelous is waiting for us around the corner.  

Too often, unfortunately, we forget to pause and enjoy the preparation.  Lists get longer and longer; patience grows thinner and thinner.  By the time December 24 rolls around, many of us are often so frazzled that we can’t truly enjoy all that is happening and all that we have been so frantically preparing for.  

This Advent season I want to encourage you to stop for a moment and rest in the quiet, rest in the anticipation.  Find a way to savor the season.  Maybe you take a few moments in the very early morning when it is still dark and breathe in some fresh morning air, thinking about all that God has given you and continues to give you.  Perhaps you could take a few moments each day to write down one specific memory you have that builds toward Christmas.  Is there a tradition that is important to you?  Is it not the Christmas season if you don’t experience something?  One memory I have from my internship, was the day of the Thanksgiving Parade in Wakeeney, KS.  Santa gave candy canes to the young and the young at heart from the fire truck, the last vehicle in the parade.  A short while later, everyone gathered in the middle of the main intersection of downtown. On Santa’s command, the countdown to the tree lighting began.  We grabbed hot chocolate and strolled from business to business.  The store front windows were delightfully decorated.  Toys, clothes, boots, tools and kitchen gadgets were displayed. The wish lists were imagined. So what memories do you have of preparing for Christmas?  

This year at All Saints we will be spending time during Advent talking about what it’s like to live in the “in-between.” The basic idea is Advent gives us the opportunity to wait with anticipation, excitement, and nervousness.  We wait, knowing that something new is coming and we can only imagine what that might be.  We wonder if we will be ready; but even if we aren’t ready, there is the hope and promise of something new.  

Maybe that’s why I love Advent most of all!  No matter how prepared or unprepared I am, the hope of something new arrives as promised. Always remember to keep Jesus in the middle of all the preparations.  Look for more Advent activities and opportunities that can help you live in the “in-between” this Advent season. 

Throughout the hustle and bustle, keep the light of Christ shining so that all may believe.  

May God bless us, everyone. 

In the peace of Christ child,

Pr. Paul <>< 

p.s. Did you know?  The Advent Soup suppers are once again upon us and All Saints will serve as host for the first Soup Supper on Wednesday, December 4 with Soup Supper starting at 5:30 p.m. and Worship at 6:15 p.m.  Please come join us and take time to deepen relationships with our All Saints Family and our sisters and brothers from Eckert and Cedaredge. 

p.s.s. – Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???  “What man, if he were God, would humble himself to lie in the feedbox of a donkey or to hang upon a cross?”